December 10th, 2023

vernon stokesJOHNSON – Vernon L. Stokes, 82, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.   

He was born Sept. 5, 1940 to Harold R. and Leona May (Curliss) Stokes. 

He graduated from Syracuse High School in Syracuse, and then attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Mo., and also Teacher’s College of South Dakota. 

He taught school for several years in South Dakota. 

He was a man of many talents including being a western artist, florist and interior decorator.  He was also talented in training horses and managed restaurants and antique stores. 

He enjoyed reading his Bible and listening to classical music. 

His life also included marriages to Coralee Allen and Vicky Nodestein.

Survivors include daughter, Suzanne Stokes Dahl and husband, Chris; sister, Velma Klassen; grandson, Andrew Dahl; and many other family and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Raymond L. Stokes.

• Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 at the Stanton County Cemetery in Johnson with Pastor David Phillips officiating. 

Condolences may be left at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com